Bauer Wins Ritter Parker Store 75!
By Dan Margetta
WI); July 22, 2007 -
Josh Bauer drove to his first victory of the season, leading flag to
flag in the Ritter Parker Store 75-lap late model feature Sunday
night at the Slinger Super Speedway.
“This was a long time coming,” an excited Bauer stated from Victory
Lane. “It’s almost a year to the date to the last feature win and
the way we’ve been struggling this year, this just feels good.”
Bauer gunned to the lead from the outside of the front row and never
looked back, leading every lap of the caution-free event.
“I don’t think we would have lasted if there had been a caution
because it started getting really loose there at the end,” Bauer
Donavan Morgan shared the front row with Bauer at the start and
quickly fell into second place while Nick Schumacher, Dale Prunty,
and Race Mc Comb followed. Bauer began to stretch his lead over
Morgan as Schumacher and Prunty battled for third while McComb
maintained the fifth spot. Mike Egan and Gary LaMonte put on the
best battle on the speedway over the sixth spot with Egan eventually
taking the position using the inside lane. Tommy Pecaro looped his
car in turn two on lap 25 but the race remained under the green as
he was able to continue with Bauer still leading over Morgan.
As Bauer and Morgan weaved their way through lapped traffic, Dale
Prunty was able to work his way around Schumacher for third by lap
40. Behind the leaders, Lowell Bennett, David Prunty, and Al Schill
looked to move forward after starting deep in the field but neither
was able to make much progress, running just inside the top ten.
Bauer kept his machine out front the entire distance and drove to
his first win of the season while Morgan ran a steady race to finish
a strong second. Dale Prunty also remained solid the entire race and
crossed the finish line in third place while Schumacher took the
checkered flag in fourth. Race McComb wrapped up his strongest run
of the season with a respectable fifth place finish ahead of Mike
Strupp and Lowell Bennett. Nick Hammer, Al Schill, and Gary LaMonte
rounded out the top ten finishers.
Tommy Hromadka held off Mike Meyerhofer to win the 30-lap late model
semi-feature while Scott Schoeni, Joe DeStefano Jr., and Brady
Bennett finished in third through fifth respectively. Mike Egan took
home the win in the late model fast dash and Mike Strupp was the
fastest qualifier at 11.489 seconds.
Jon Reynolds Jr. took to the high groove to win the 30-lap limited
late model feature.
Chris Ratajczyk paced the opening laps over Josh Wallace and Steve
Apel while David McCardle raced with Rob Braun and Reynolds close
behind them. Reynolds was able to race his way into fourth place by
lap five and used the upper groove to charge into second five laps
later. By lap 15, Reynolds closed the distance between himself and
Ratajczyk for the lead and began to work the outside in a bid to get
by. Reynolds pulled alongside Ratajczyk on lap 18 and with Ratajczyk
pinned on the inside just enough to prevent a good run off the
corner, Reynolds advanced to the lead as they exited turn two. Once
out front, Reynolds was never seriously challenged and he drove to
the win over Ratajczyk while Josh Wallace finished in third place.
Steve Apel and Rob Braun rounded out the top five finishers. In
earlier action, Ratajczyk scored the win in the limited late model
fast dash and Reynolds led qualifying at 12.271 seconds.
Mike Graczkowski held off Scott Shambeau and Kenny Joosten to win
the 30-lap Midwest Sportsman feature.
Shawn Hoefler and Jake Vanoskey led the field to the green flag with
Vanoskey taking sole possession of the lead on lap four. Vanoskey
held the point for another four circuits before Scott Shambeau
worked his way around and into the lead. Behind the leaders,
Graczkowski had moved into fifth place, just behind Dave Thomas and
Jeff Holtz. Graczkowksi continued his march forward by lap 20,
taking over third place while Shambeau led over Vanoskey. Three laps
later, Graczkowski was on the move again, taking second place from
Vanoskey while Kenny Joosten charged into the top five. Fluid on the
racetrack produced the first and only caution of the race on lap 26
just after Graczkowski edged ahead of Shambeau for the lead. Taking
the inside lane for the restart, Graczkowksi lauched into the lead
over Shambeau while Joosten and Thomas worked on Vanoskey for third.
At the finish, Graczkowski took the checkered flag first for the win
while Shambeau held off Joosten for second. Thomas and Vanoskey were
fourth and fifth respectively. Graczkowski also scored the win in
the Midwest Sportsman fast dash and Joosten was the fastest
qualifier at 12.774 seconds.
Ryan Gutknecht took top honors in the 18-lap Thunderstock main
Bill Johnson led the opening laps while Jim Bentzler and Paul
Konieczny battled with Gutknecht behind the leader. Gutknecht
immediately charged forward, taking over the lead on lap five as
Chris Sackman, Dave Edwards, and Seth Lootans joined the front-
runners. Gutknecht threaded his way through heavy traffic and
maintained his lead all the way to the checkered flag, taking the
win over Edwards and Lootans. Sackman and Konieczny were fourth and
fifth respectively. Earlier in the evening, Lootans led qualifying
at 13.737 seconds.
Jared Apel took command of the 16-lap Slinger Bees feature on lap
four and raced to the win over Jesse Knutson and Zach Durham. C.J.
Corallini finished in fourth place ahead of Nathan Jensen who was
fifth. Bob Losiniecki was the Slinger Bees fastest qualifier at
Wayne Schaefer was the winner of the Speedway Guest Car race and Joe
DeStefano won the Spectator Elimination race. Scott Goetzke closed
the night with a convincing win in the Figure 8 event.
results from the RACESTAT computer
Professional Plumbers and
Contractors - PPC 75
(Slinger, WI) Sunday Night July 29th:
The Professional Plumbers and Contractors PPC 75. A 75 lap Late
Model Feature is headlining the racing events. Late Models will be
joined by: Limited Late Models, Midwest Sportsman, Midwest Modified,
Thunderstock, Slinger Bee’s, one on one spectators, The West Bend
Savings Bank Speedway Guest Cars, and those wild and crazy Figure
8’s. Gates open at 4:45, Qualifying at 5:15, and Racing at 7:00.
The Professional Plumbers and Contractors (PPC) is a membership
organization serving the Milwaukee, Madison, and Janesville areas.
By providing the highest levels of craftsmanship and integrity in
our industry, PPC can provide our customers with a valuable 5-year
limited warranty. When you hire a PPC plumber, you'll know your
project is done right the first time. Visit us at:
There are select advertising and sponsorship opportunities available
for the 2007 season. For more information, contact the speedway’s PR
and Marketing at: 262-370-0440, email@example.com, or visit
our web site at: www.slingersuperspeedway.com.